Mayor's Proposed Budget Released

Thu, 04/21/2011 (All day)

Los Angeles City HallMayor Villaraigosa has released his 2011-2012 Budget Recommendations for the City of LA, including proposed allocations to the Department of Cultural Affairs.  The proposal includes reductions to the Department of Cultural Affairs budget that are similar to proposed reductions to nearly every other department in the City. 

Download the budget proposal at the Mayor's website (click here to access) or via the PDF linked below.  The section on Cultural Affairs begins on page 70.

The Mayor's proposal differs greatly from that of the CAO's office, which, as previously reported, recommended elimination or deep cuts to the Department of Cultural Affairs.  As the Mayor indicated in his statement to Arts for LA, his budget maintains departmental infrastructure and does not cut the department disproportionately compared to other City departments.

However, several years of consecutive cuts to the DCA have resulted in a bare-bones departmental budget.  Since 2008, the DCA has experienced major reductions in staff, program elimination and a decrease in grants funding.

Next week, the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee will begin discussing the Mayor's and the CAO's recommendations.  The Department of Cultural Affairs is currently scheduled for its departmental hearing on Friday, April 29th, although this might be delayed if other departmental discussions run long.  If you are interested in keeping track of when the DCA hearing will be held, please subscribe to the Budget & Finance Committee agendas via the City's website.  The Budget & Finance Committee will use the recommendations of the Mayor and the CAO's office to create their own budget, which will then go before full Council for discussion, revision and adoption.

To view the current schedule for departmental hearings, please click here or use the link below to download a PDF.